2021 CANADIAN OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS
- June 19 – June 23, 2021
- Toronto, Ontario
- Toronto Pan Am Sport Centre
- Long Course Meters (50m)
- Olympic Qualifying Event
- Swimming Canada Olympic Selection Criteria
- Meet Package
- Psych Sheets
- Live results
We’ve reached the final day of competition at the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials and there will be 6 events on the docket for day 5 finals.
Things will get started with the women’s and men’s 400 IM, followed by the 200 backstroke, women’s 1500 freestyle, and men’s 800 free.
Among those trying to qualify for their first-ever Olympic squad will be Tessa Cieplucha, Mary-Sophie Harvey, and Bailey Andison in the women’s 400 IM, Ingrid Wilm in the women’s 200 back, Emma O’Croinin in the women’s 1500 free, and Peter Brothers in the men’s 800.
Follow along for live updates on all the action as get into day 5 finals of the 2021 Canadian Trials.
Women’s 400 IM – Final
- Canadian Record: 4:32.52 – Emily Overholt (2015)
- FINA A Standard: 4:38.53
Tessa Cieplucha and Sydney Pickrem battled it out for the entire race, handing the lead back and forth a number of times. While Pickrem managed to get her hand on the wall first and was pre-selected for Tokyo in the event, Tessa Cieplucha managed to get under the FINA A cut of 4:38.53 to likely qualify for the Olympics.
Cieplucha threw down a 4:37.26 to shave more than a second off her 4:38.96 best time in the event from back in 2019. Cieplucha has raced for Canada before, having raced to a gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in the 400 IM with a 4:39.90.
Pickrem will also be racing the event in Tokyo and will hope to improve upon her 4:32.88 PB in the event which she swam at the 2017 World Championships. Pickrem raced this event for Canada in Rio and placed 12th overall with a 4:38.02 and swam it again at the 2019 World Championships, just missing out on the podium with a 4:36.72 for 4th.
Men’s 400 IM – Final
- Canadian Record: 4:11.41 – Brian Johns (2008)
- FINA A Standard: 4:15.84
- Collyn Gagne – 4:18.65
- Tristan Cote – 4:23.13
- Jacob Gallant – 4:24.35
Collyn Gagne pulled off an impressive win here in the men’s 400 IM and took out the favorite Tristant Cote. Gagne raced his way to gold with a 4:18.65, shaving a few seconds off his PB of 4:21.49 from back in 2019.
That swim for Gagne was not quite under the Olympic-qualifying standard of 4;15.84 but was under the FINA B qualifying time of 4:21.46. That leaves him as a potential candidate to be named to the team, should Swimming Canada choose to use their priority 6 selection criteria for events with no FINA A qualifiers.
National teamer Tristan Cote didn’t quite have enough in the tank to pull out the win and nearly got run down by third-place finisher Jacob Gallant. In the end, Cote touched with a 4:23.13 for the silver medal while Jacob Gallant swam a 4:23.28 for 3rd.
That means that Cote won’t get an Olympic berth after representing Canada at the last 2 World Championships for Canada. In 2019 Cote raced the 400 IM in Budapest with a 4:19.87 for 17th and swam it again in Gwangju in 2019, hitting a 4:17.22 for 15th.
Patrick Hussey came in 4th place with a 4:24.35 while Benjamin Loewen was a 4:25.72 for 5th.
Women’s 200 Backstroke – Final
- Canadian Record: 2:05.94 – Kylie Masse (2017)
- FINA A Standard: 2:10.39
- Kylie Masse – 2:06.67
- Taylor Ruck – 2:09.26
- Brooklyn Douthwright – 2:10.49
Kylie Masse didn’t need to win this event in order to race the 200 backstroke in Tokyo but still managed to pull off a solid 2:06.67 to take the gold medal.
Masse was pre-selected to race the 200 backstroke at the Olympics earlier this year based on her results from the 2019 World Championships. She won a bronze medal in the 200 in Gwangju, hitting a 2:06.62 for third place. Prior to that race at Worlds, Masse lowered the 200 backstroke Canadian record to a 2:05.94 at the 2019 World Championships Trials.
This swim is Kylie Masse’s 6th fastest time ever and is good enough to make her the 5th fastest woman in the world this season heading into the summer.
Taylor Ruck, who had already qualified for the 100 backstroke and freestyle has likely added a third event to her individual event lineup in Tokyo with a 2:09.26 which is under the 2:10.39 FINA A. Ruck holds a PB in this event of 2:06.36 from the 2018 Pro Swim Series in Atlanta. Ruck won a silver medalist in this event back in 2018 at the Commonwealth Games, hitting a 2:06.42 to Masse’s 2:05.98 for the gold medal.
Brooklyn Douthwright managed to post a 2:10.49 to nab the bronze medal which is a solid improvement upon her PB in the event of 2:13.78 from just last month. Regan Rathwell followed with a 2:11.72 for 4th place and Ella Varga was a 2:11.95 for 5th overall.
Men’s 200 Backstroke – Final
- Canadian Record: 1:56.96 – Markus Thormeyer (2019)
- FINA A Standard: 1:57.50
- Cole Pratt – 1:58.11
- Blake Tierney – 1:59.49
- Richie Stokes – 1:59.52
After showing positive signs with his Olympic qualifying 100 backstroke on day 1 of the meet, Cole Pratt was not quite fast enough to do the same in the 200.
Pratt raced to victory in the event with a 1:58.11 but trailed the FINA A cut of 1:57.50. Pratt improved upon the 1:58.87 he posted in the morning but was also a bit slower than his recent PB of 1:57.96 from just last month.
Unable to notch an Olympic-qualifying swim, Pratt had a solid race with Blake Tierney and Richie Stokes and pulled both competitors under the 2-minute mark with him.
Tierney swam a 1:59.49 to collect the silver medal which is faster than both his prelim swim of 2:00.60 and has pulled off a massive improvement upon his best time at this meet, having entered with a 2:05.21. Stokes on the other hand swam a 1:59.87 in the prelims to get under 2 minutes for the first time and then posted a 1:59.52 in the final to collect bronze.
Women’s 1500 Freestyle – Final
- Canadian Record: 15:57.15 – Brittany MacLean (2014)
- FINA A Standard: 16:32.04
- Katrina Bellio – 16:29.67
- Abby Dunford – 16:38.75
- Alyson Ackman – 16:46.32
Katrina Bellio had an absolutely dominant performance in the women’s 1500 freestyle, pulling away from the field early on and holding her lead until she touched the wall with a 16:29.67 to get under the 16:32.04 FINA A cut.
It looks like Bellio will officially become Canada’s first-ever woman to race the 1500 freestyle at the Olympics as the event has just been added to the Olympic program. Bellio needed a PB in order to add her name to the roster, having entered with a 16:34.99.
Bellio hit that 16:34.99 best time just last month at a May 2019 time trial and prior to that held a 16:39.54 from March 2020.
Coming in with a 16:38.75 for the silver medal was Abby Dunford which means that she didn’t quite swim fast enough to qualify for the Games. Dunford made the move to the United States to train with an elite training group called the Sandpipers of Nevada. The Sandpipers, led by head coach Ron Aitken, recently got 3 swimmers onto the US Olympic swim team in the form of Bella Sims on the 4×200 free relay, Erica Sullivan in the 1500 free, and Katie Grimes in the 800.
Dunford’s silver medal-winning swim got him under her entry time of 16:38.75.
400 freestyle champion came in with a 16:46.32 which got her under the 16:54.53 that she entered with and Ella Jansen came in 4th place with a 16:56.37. Notably, the top seed in the event Emma O’Croinin was well off her pace here and swam a 17:05.37 for 6th place overall. O’Croinin was entered in the event with a 16:30.46 which is actually under the FINA A cut.
Men’s 800 Freestyle – Final
- Canadian Record: 7:41.86 – Ryan Cochrane (2011)
- FINA A Standard: 7:54.31
- Eric Brown – 7:59.87
- Alexander Axon – 8:04.19
- Jeremy Bagshaw – 8:04.94
Eric Brown got to the wall first in the men’s 800 freestyle with a 7:59.87 which made him the only man in the field to crack 8 minutes. The swim for Brown allowed him to shave more than 10 seconds off his PB in the event of 8:12.39.
While he took the gold medal, Brown didn’t swim fast enough to get under the FINA A of 7:54.31 that he would have needed to qualify for the Olympic Games.
Alexander Axon wasn’t too far behind Brown and powered his way to an 8:04.19 for the silver medal which was just ahead of long-time national teamer Jeremy Bagshaw’s 8:04.94. Alexander Pratt nearly ran down those 2 podium finishers with the fastest last 50 split in the field of 28.48. Pratt, however, just missed the podium and ended with an 8:05.95 for 4th.
400 and 1500 freestyle champion Peter Brothers was a little bit slower than he’s been so far at this meet and came in with an 8:10.96 for 5th place.